Federal Abortion Funding Showdown Coming!
We MUST Put the President Clearly on Record to Save Innocent Lives!
In his address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, President Obama appeared to oppose any federal funding of abortion. He said, “Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” That may not be accurate, and we urgently need your help to get him to clarify exactly where he stands on this issue.
The problem is that the president has only said that in his plan there will be no federal funding. But he has not even presented a detailed plan to Congress, which is already far along in drafting legislation. It is certain that even in the best of circumstances he will not get his plan enacted by Congress exactly as he outlined it in general terms last night.
Members of Congress have their own ideas about what should be in the health care legislation, some of which are contrary to the president’s wishes. Many of these will undoubtedly find their way into the final version of whatever health care legislation is passed.
One of those key differences is likely to be federal funding of abortion. For example, the leading bill in the House, H.R. 3200, specifically states that federal funds will be used to perform abortions. It is important to know that some members of the committee drafting this bill offered several amendments to specifically prohibit federal funding of abortion, and they were defeated.
So the threat is very clear and very real.
We MUST put the president clearly on record as stating unequivocally that he will not sign any bill that provides for federal funding of abortion in any way, directly or indirectly.
We know that he is willing to take such clear stands on some other issues. For example, he also said last night with respect to how to pay for any health care bill that “I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.”
We MUST get an equally clear and unequivocal statement on abortion funding. If he were to make such a statement, it would remove from the debate in Congress one of the most divisive and controversial issues that will have to be dealt with. Without it, he can easily sign a bill presented to him by Congress that includes federal funding of abortion and still maintain that he personally does not support it.
But the only way he will take such a stand is if enough Americans contact him and demand that he do so.
This is why we are urging you to please contact President Obama today and ask him to state clearly and unequivocally that he will not sign any bill that would allow any possibility that your tax dollars be used to fund abortions, either directly or indirectly.
We make it easy for you to do this through a special feature on our Web site where you can send a suggested message to President Obama.
This is likely to be the final showdown on federal funding of abortion. If we cannot make sure that none of our tax dollars are used to kill innocent children, we will see a massive increase in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. every year. And once federal funding starts, it would very difficult to ever cut it off.